Playing Tourist in San Francisco

I grew up just 45 minutes outside of San Francisco, so it’s easily one of my favorite places on Earth. There’s so much to see, do, and eat that it never gets old. My mom, sister, and I would visit often, but we usually took the same route. We called ourselves “Playing Tourist.” This time I made a new route. In all of my visits, I never considered taking a guided city tour. It was always easiest (& cheapest) to ride BART (train) downtown & then walk everywhere from there. A few of my favorite places to visit in the city are Pier 39, Fisherman’s Wharf, Union Square, Baker Beach, and Golden Gate Park.

When I visited, it was my last day in the Bay Area, so I knew that if I wanted to maximize my time & see as much as possible that a guided city tour wouldn’t be such a bad idea. All I needed to do was park my car and go. On this tour, I was able to visit new places that I’d never been to before, such as The Painted Ladies, Sausalito, Grace Cathedral, and the Cable Car Museum. San Francisco had been on my photography bucket list for the longest time, but I feel like I’ve only scraped the surface of this massive city.

The one part of the city that stood out the most to me was Chinatown. Outside of Asia, San Francisco has the largest Chinese population. It’s also the oldest and largest Chinatown in North America. I recall taking a field trip to Chinatown in elementary school, but to be honest, I was so young I didn’t remember much about the first visit.

For this trip, I used my Canon T7I Rebel with an f/3.5-5.6 18-135mm IS STM Lens. When I work digitally, I shoot RAW, and I use Photoshop and Lightroom to achieve my final look.

Copyright © 2019 Jazzmine Taylor

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